Reston lawyer Robert T. Hall is the author of the two $10 million wrongful death lawsuits filed against Virginia Tech officials on behalf of families of two victims of the shootings there in 2007. The lawsuits were filed yesterday, the two-year anniversary of the shootings, in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
The lawsuits are posted online by The Roanoke Times. They include a wealth of detail, once you get past the five-page pleading head. Hall sues 21 separate defendants, including the estate of shooter Seung-Hui Cho, the Commonwealth of Virginia, officials at a Virginia Tech counseling center, officials with a regional community services board, the VT police chief, the university itself, its president and other school officials.
The lawsuits essentially allege that Virginia Tech “failed to protect and keep its students safe.”
The complaints include a detailed litany of Cho’s encounters with university personnel and others who observed his disturbing and sometimes threatening behavior.
Described on his firm’s bio page as a “litigator, pilot and author,” Hall has been practicing law for more than 40 years. He is a partner at Hall, Sickels, Frei & Mims. He served last year as president of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Also last year, Hall received the “War Horse” award by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association — an award reserved for a top courtroom advocate who also is considered “one of the true characters of his time.”
By Peter Vieth